Now, in 2013, I'm beginning to see spots where the roof is wearing out.
(Although this spot could be because of trees brushing against the roof). And one of the skylights looks like it is coming apart.
So I checked Angie's List for roofers and choose three: Clear Choice Roofing, Masada Roofing, and Dayton Roofing and Renovation. Each of them sent out someone to look the roof over, measure it, and discuss what needed to be done. I figured that I needed (1) the roof replaced, (2) at least the one skylight replaced, and (3) the solar panels removed and replaced after the roof.
Each of the three companies sent PDF estimates by e-mail. The overall costs were similar -- $15,023, 13,587, and 16,085 -- but with different attention to the solar panels (some included the cost; some did not), and the skylights.
We went with Dayton Roofing and Renovation because they did the best with the skylights -- they bid to remove, rebuild and install 3 new (Velux) skylights, as well as including the cost of removing and reinstalling the solar panels.
It took about a month to contact the roofers, get the estimates, pick one of them, and get things scheduled. Dayton subcontracted the solar work to Curtis Christian "The Solar Man" (512-442-8081). They came out today (Friday, 6 Sept 2013), and removed the solar panels. They got here about 7:30 AM and were done by 9:30 AM. They removed the panels, and put them on the back porch.
And removed the rails that the panels are mounted on. The rails are bolted to the roof, thru the roofing, and into the roof rafters. Originally this used lag bolts, but these were removed and replaced with large hanger bolts. A hanger bolt has a screw on one end (which goes down into the roof rafter), and a bolt (for use with a nut) on the other end. So these can be left in place and roofed over, leaving the bolt sticking up for the solar rails to be put on.
To make it easy for the roofers to see and avoid them, I painted the hanger bolts florescent yellow.
The re-roofing took 3 days -- Monday thru Wednesday. First they took the existing roof off.
Then they distributed the new shingles.
and put them on.
They also rebuilt and replaced all the skylights.
And when it was over, the solar man came back and re-installed the solar panels.